Cognos is rumoured to be sniffing around Interweave, a small US supplier of Java-based decision support software, to fill in gaps in its Web strategy.
Sources claimed that the supplier had experienced difficulties in rewriting its Impromptu query and reporting tool to support the Web, and so had to resort to buying a third party offering to cover the shortfall.
But Peter Beard, Cognos? UK managing director, said: ?I?ve not heard of Interweave, but I can confirm that we?re very acquisitive as an organisation. We?re looking at one or two companies a week, but very few make it through and there are lots out there. We?re interested in technology that can expand and complement what we?ve already got and we?ve got about $150 million in the bank.?
However, he denied Cognos was having trouble rearchitecting Impromptu to support the Internet, and said the Web version, release 3.5, was due to ship in November.
He added that users could also expect to see the products from Cognos? last acquisition, Right Information Systems (RIS), integrated with its existing tools by the first quarter of next year.
RIS? Forethought business modelling tool for statistical analysis would come with the same front end as Cognos? Scenario data mining tool in its next release, while Scenario would include some Forethought functionality.
Cognos is also currently selling a bundle, which includes Impromptu, Powerplay and Scenario, for #1,295. Each product usually costs #700 per licence.
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